"Simone Schwarz-Bart’s goal is to rescue and reconstruct the lives of black women world wide. . . . Informative, uplifting, and inspiring!"—Howard Dodson, director, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture
"This enchanting work transports the reader back in time and gives a voice to the little-known black women of the past."—Publishers Weekly
"What a beautiful book!!! And three more like this??? We are excited!"—QBR The Black Book Review
"Visually stunning.... Every page contains high-quality color reproductions, including many full- and double-page spreads, of rarely seen art works and images of African history and culture." —Library Journal
"This book will be in demand particularly during the months devoted to Black History and Women’s History. An invaluable and fascinating resource."—School Library Journal
"The author of this book, Simone Schwarz-Bart, and the book publisher, Sandrah Monthieux Pélage, have compiled a priceless source of valuable information, which will provide the building blocks for reintroducing the contributions of Black Women to a multitude of fields of study and disciplines."—Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX)
"New African is proud to recommend to its readers this wonderful tribute to black women"—New African
“Ford expertly builds the tension in this long, escalating thrill ride.”
Children's Literature - Dana Benge
Adult/High School-Third in a series of four pictorial biographies, this richly illustrated book explores the various historical and cultural contexts in which each of 14 women lived and worked. Evocative artwork, folklore, narratives, and photographs help teens to better understand the subjects' world. They were all born between the mid-19th and mid-20th centuries. Some were powerful and savvy queens, such as Madam Yoko of Sierra Leone, Yaa Asantewa of Ghana, and Zauditu of Ethiopia. A few, including Bessie Head of South Africa, Mariama Ba of Senegal, and Buchi Emecheta of Nigeria, are internationally known literary figures. Others made their mark in political activism, religion, or fashion modeling. One chapter is devoted to Miriam Makeba. Fellow South African Winnie Mandela is also included, with anecdotes from her sprinkled throughout. This volume is full of information that is entertaining, sometimes sad, yet always inspiring and compelling.-Joyce Fay Fletcher, Rippon Middle School, Prince William County, VA Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
VOYA - Jeff Mann
It is the year 2032, and it has been fifteen years since a documented case of zombie flu has occurred. The zombie virus had turned many normal people into zombies and forced those not infected to battle the zombies in a war. The zombies were defeated by being burned to death. Josh, a hardcore gamer, knows his zombie history but is more interested in a video game where he torches zombies. When Josh is contacted by Charlie, a fellow gamer, he is invited to play the game in IRLIn Real Life. Josh knows it is rumored that there are still a few living zombies and that some top gamers get together to kill these zombies. Josh discovers that the IRL games are not just an urban legend but are reality and soon finds himself secretly battling real zombies, watching real people get hurt, and taking a mystery drug called Z. Ultimately, Josh and his friends try to take down Clatter, the organizer of these IRL games and the creator of Z. Z is a rollicking ride that many middle school students are likely to enjoy. The opening chapter, a history lesson at school about the zombie flu, and Josh's journey from video-game zombie-killer to real-life zombie Torcher will prompt most readers to continue reading. A touch of romance between Josh and Charlie also adds to the plot. Ultimately, the last portion of the book is not quite as engaging as the first two thirds, but those who followed Josh's journey will not be disappointed. The lack of a clear resolution and a few unanswered questions will leave some readers a touch disappointed; however, Ford clearly has more zombie-hunting action planned for future volumes. Reviewer: Jeff Mann
School Library Journal
Modern African Women offers powerful and unforgettable tales from Senegal to South Africa, from the nineteenth century to the present. These modern African rulers, leaders, and visionaries include Madam Yoko, Queen of the Kpaa Mende and national heroine of Sierra Leone; Princess Kesso, a Fulani Muslim princess from Guinea who became one of the world’s first black models; Alice Lenshina, who fought British colonial rule in Zambia and was considered a prophet in the Lumpa Church; Ellen Kuzwayo, member of the African National Congress whose struggle for civil and women’s rights landed her in prison; Dulcie September, the ANC representative in France, killed for her ardent support for the cause of freedom; Miriam Makeba, internationally loved singer South African singer; Winnie Mandela, who carried on the struggle during Nelson Mandela’s long imprisonment; and many others.
Fifteen years after the zombie plague destroyed families and threatened the world, the ravenous creatures are once again confined to the video-game realm. Recruited by a shadowy live-action gaming group to battle against animatronic zombies, Josh is thrilled to show off his gaming prowess. But as his friends vanish and the gore increases, he realizes that the game may be more real than he knows. Ford leaps in with flamethrowers blazing and burns through pages at a rapid pace. There's very little character development, but readers who want zombies with personality have Daniel Waters's Generation Dead (2008) to turn to for that--the point here is nonstop movement. An ominous feeling shadows Josh's world, and its tension is nicely reflected in the blend of action and horror. The horrific revelation, the generic cast, the cliffhanger ending—these are all standard zombie fare, but the author manages to make the expected exciting again. For a quick escape, this is a sure-fire way to burn time. (Horror. 12 & up)